Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Riceboy Sleeps

Add Date: July 21

Artist: Riceboy Sleeps

Album: Riceboy Sleeps

Label: XL

Genre: Defies classification

Comments: From the label: "Known primarily for his haunting falsetto and otherworldly presence as the singer in Sigur Ros, Jon Thor Birgisson has--together with his partner Alex Somers--been exhibiting artwork under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now... A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track 'Happiness', on the exemplary Dark Was the Night Red Hot compilation.

"[T]he full-length Riceboy Sleeps album is... set to subtly redefine expectations of slow and elegiac instrumental music in 2009... The record... is more active than its apparent antecedents in the ambient output of Brian Eno, and other deliberately low-impact works. Riceboy Sleeps is awash with both tension and stimuli, as well as being frequently, and stunningly, beautiful... Played solely on acoustic instruments in Iceland (and featuring long-time string collaborators Amiina, as well as the Kopavosdaetur choir) and then endlessly toyed with on solar-powered laptops in some far corner of Hawaii..."

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